Based on exclusive, personal interviews with Alexander
Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Pearce's book provides profound
insight into a towering literary and political figure.
From his pro-Communist youth to his imprisonment in
the Gulags, his exile in America to his return to Russia, this
is the story of a man who struggled with the most weighty
questions of humanity. When a person has suffered the most
terrible physical and emotional torture, what becomes of his
spirit? Can politics and economics truly provide the answers
a modern society needs? If peace and justice are never fully
attained, what hope is there for the future?
Arguably one of the most significant writers of the twentieth
century, Solzhenitsyn, both before and after the fall of
Communism, spoke out against the Russian regime. His faith
deeply informed his literary approach and response to the
excesses of modern materialism. On the spiritual, cultural,
and socio-political level, his writings have much to teach the
This biography contains previously unpublished prose
poems written by Solzhenitsyn after his return to Russia, and
a gallery of rare photographs.
"Pearce has grasped with great insight the spiritual core
of Solzhenitsyn's achievement as a writer, and indeed as a
prophet to Russia and the world. He writes with warm sympathy
for Russia's greatest literary voice in modern times."
--David Aikman, Author, Great Souls: Six Who Changed the
"Joseph Pearce is best on what matters most about
Solzhenitsyn: the centrality of the author's Christian faith. It
is no wonder that Solzhenitsyn chose to . . . provide Pearce
with fresh information. Newcomers to Solzhenitsyn should
start with this biography. They will find here a highly readable
rendition of one of the most sensational lives of the
--Edward E. Ericson Jr., Author, Solzhenitsyn and the Modern